Development of learning facilitation roles for unregistered practitioners
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Development of learning facilitation roles for unregistered practitioners

Ben Padfield Clinical lead for unregistered practitioner development, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol, England
Rachel Knowles Practice education facilitator, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol, England

This article describes how unregistered practitioners, such as healthcare assistants and community-based mental health workers, can contribute to the learning, support and development of pre-registration nursing students in clinical practice. It presents the results of an unregistered practitioner co-mentoring scheme piloted in a mental health trust, and demonstrates its benefits for nursing students, unregistered practitioners and nurse mentors. The scheme delivers training and supervision for unregistered practitioners who are starting a formal role in clinical learning. It aims to recognise and develop the contribution of unregistered practitioners to student learning, and to enhance the learning environments in which nursing students train.

Nursing Standard. 29, 16,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.16.35.e9297

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 08 July 2014

Accepted: 16 September 2014